This book was interesting, but is wildly different from the fun, snark filled dialog readers expect from a Molly Harper book. If the name "Molly ..Show More »Harper" writing as ... is the lead text, it does open up certain expectations moving forward.
There are some interesting errors made with regard to Rom culture that make you go hmmmm. While this is not significant to the storyline, it is a little annoying because the cultural aspects were used in other places. I enjoyed the book but it was drastically different from what I enjoy most about Molly Harper's novels. It was at times slow and bogged down with the descriptive sex scenes, however, at other times, it glossed over aspects that might have been better served to be expanded. (i.e. just when did Alexei become so obsessed with Irina and why?) I understand many readers/listeners want those steamy scenes and that's okay too, but don't leave other bits out to make room for them. Alexei was so unlikable I felt frustrated that everyone seemed so quick to cover for him. More information about the family dynamic might have alleviated that irritation.
It is worth a listen, but I don't think I will be using future credits for this author duo.
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall 4 Narration 4 Story 4
Irina Volkov, recent widow of Sergei is the adopted and very human sister of G..Show More »alina and Alexei. Her father, Ilya has never really treated his daughters as people, more seen them as pawns that he can use to gain advantages in the business world, and that can often be rather dirty. Head of the Russian Mob in Seattle, he had married her off to Sergei to secure one faction, and now feeling she needs protection, he assigns Viktor to protect her. Irina isn’t a shrinking violet however, and we get to relive many moments from book one (From Russia with Claws) as we get the story from her perspective, told in 3rd person.
With the abusive and not so bright Sergei gone, Irina doesn’t feel much but relief, and a touch of intrigue where Viktor is concerned. Most of all, she wants some breathing room and time to make her own decisions while she (along with the others) moves through the events and power struggles following Sergei’s death. It’s a wonderful perspective on the first book, filling in moments that Galina only ‘thought’ and giving us another person’s view on the events.
Personally, Irina has a very solid and believable attraction to Viktor, and he’s determined to protect her. She’s an anomaly in this family of werewolves, but she’s not lesser, just different – and wholly devoted to her sister. Alexei is another matter, however, as his behavior is becoming more erratic and uncharacteristic of the role of leader he hopes to step into. His attraction for Irina is startling to her, although his past behavior doesn’t signify the best judgment. Family is all important here, and often meddling, and there are so many different elements brought around to keep the mystery feeling fresh and the threats real, especially considering Irina’s fragility when compared to her were siblings.
Narration for this story is provided by Sophie Eastlake, and she does a wonderful job in flowing neatly from Russian flavored accents, to younger west-coast females, to wry observation. Distinct delivery, tone and pitch changes mark each character with as easy to recognize, and the pacing, inflections and variations in speed and volume were all perfectly suited to what had to have been a particularly difficult reading. A wonderful story that is perfectly in keeping (and best listened to after) the first book in the series.
I received an AudioBook copy of the title from Audible for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.